Happy Mother's Day to a Mother-to-Be
Happy Mother's Day to a mother-to-be!
All that you can answer will be asked.
Perhaps at times you'll answer gracefully;
Perhaps at times you will be overtasked.
Yet what will matter mainly will be love --
More than theories, regimens, mistakes,
Omissions, commissions, practices that prove
Too rigid for the worlds a child shapes.
Have faith that you will love far more than you
Even now imagine that you might,
Reborn within the birth of someone new,
'Mid storms and calm the keeper of the light.
So may this prolonged anticipation,
Dappled with some streaks of trepidation,
At last give way to that long looked-for other,
Yielding both a child and a mother!
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon